Cruise Ship Death: Woman Dies After Domestic Dispute On Princess Cruise Ship

Jerome Frank
July 28, 2017

A man has been arrested in connection to the murder of a woman aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Alaska, police say, in what has been described as a "domestic disturbance".

According to multiple news sources, the FBI is investigating the death of a 39-year-old woman from Utah aboard the Emerald Princess operated by Princess Cruises in Alaska.

Passengers told the news outlet they were placed on an hours-long lockdown as the ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska, to meet with authorities. "They will be embarking the ship when it arrives in Juneau this morning", Burkholtz wrote in a statement.

The death occurred in United States waters off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday night around 9pm.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said an agency team was headed to Alaska's capital city of Juneau and that, as of Wednesday morning, no arrests had been made.

The FBI is the lead investigating agency in the case.

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The passenger explained that everyone is just staying busy doing things on the ship right now. The couple was traveling with a group that included their child on an eight-day cruise that left Seattle on Sunday.

Details of the death remain a mystery. The ship docked in Juneau, Alaska, on Wednesday morning.

Court documents say a man entered the cabin and saw the woman on the floor covered in blood. Most were wearing white and gray hooded sweat shirts. The FBI is involved because the death occurred in USA waters.

Several thousand passengers are stuck on a cruise ship docked in Alaska's capital city as authorities investigate the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman following a domestic dispute aboard the vessel.

"He was very worked up, he said, "Everyone, we need all medical, security, all personnel to deck 9 and deck 14"; and that scared me because I'm on deck 14", said Megan Morr, a passenger on the Emerald Princess. The scheduled trip to the Tracy Arm Fjord Wednesday was canceled.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Negin Kamali says conversations are underway to offer passengers some compensation for lost time, such as providing credits for shore excursions.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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